The Gambling Lab

This project is funded by the Tennessee Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services.

Research Interests:

  • Addictive disorders
  • Examining and mitigating health disparities in urban and rural communities
  • Assessment, prevention, and treatment
  • Psychotherapy process and outcome research
  • Validation of assessment tools
  • Understanding the relations between gambling, substance use, and other comorbid conditions 

Current Projects

  • Development of web-based self-help, responsible gambling, and financial literacy interventions
  • Systematic review of the effectiveness of peer-recovery support in addiction treatment
  • Meta-analyses of psychological treatments for addictive disorders
  • The effect of substance use on gambling
  • Self-exclusion from gambling vendors
  • Awareness of gambling-related harms
  • Ethnic discrimination and gambling


Whelan, J. P., Steenbergh, T. A., & Meyers, A. W. (2007) Problem and Pathological Gambling. Cambridge MA: Hogrefe & Huber.

Selected Recent Publications (* indicates student author):

Horn, T. L.*, Lerma, M.*, Pfund, R. A., & Whelan, J. P. (2023). Expectations about how alcohol consumption influences gambling. International Gambling Studies. https://doi.org/10.1080/14459795.2023.2224858 

Lipinski, D.*, Horn, T. L., Whelan, J. P., & Pfund, R. A. (2023). Contrasting the effects of alcohol and alcohol expectancies on gambling behavior. Journal of Gambling Studies. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10899-023-10222-1

Pfund, R. A., Forman, D. P. *, Whalen, S. K.*, Zech, J. M.*, Ginley, M. K., Peter, S. C., McAfee, N. W., & Whelan, J. P. (2023). Efficacy of cognitive-behavioral techniques for problem gambling and gambling disorder: A systematic review and meta-analysis. Addiction. https://doi.org/10.1111/add.16221

Pfund, R. A., King, S. A. *, Forman, D. P., Zech, J. *,  M., Ginley, M. K., Peter, S. C., McAfee, N. W., Witkiewitz, K., & Whelan, J. P. (2023). Effects of cognitive-behavioral techniques for gambling on recovery defined by gambling, psychological functioning, and quality of life: A systematic review and meta-analysis. Psychology of Addictive Behaviors. https://doi.org/10.1037/adb0000910

Qian, L.*, & Whelan, J.P. (2023). Behavioral addiction from the Asian Americans perspective: Exploration of public and help-seeking stigma. Journal of Gambling Studies

Horn, T. L. *, Whelan, J. P., & Weil, G. T. * (2022). Does acute alcohol consumption increase risk-taking while gambling? A systematic review and meta-analysis. Addiction. DOI: 10.1111/add.15896

Peter, S. C. *, Whelan, J. P., & Pfund, R. A. (2022). Text comprehension analyses to improve assessment accuracy: Demonstration using gambling disorder screening. Journal of Gambling Studies, 38, 1269-1287. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10899-022-10110-0

Pfund, R. A.*, Peter, S. C.*, Ginley, M. K.*, Whelan, J. P., & Meyers, A. W.  (2021). Dropout from face-to-face, multi-session psychological treatments for problem and disordered gambling: A systematic review and meta-analysis. Psychology of Addictive Behaviors, 35(8), 901-913.

Peter, S. C*., Whelan, J. P., Pfund, R. A.*, & Meyers, A. W. (2021). Can motivational messages engage individuals at-risk for gambling disorder in an online assessment? Psychology of Addictive Behaviors, 35(1), 124–131.

Pfund, R. A.*, Peter, S. C.*, Whelan, J. P., Meyers, A. W., Ginley, M. K.*, & Relyea, G. E. (2020). Is more better? A meta-analysis of dose and efficacy in face-to-face psychological treatments for problem and disordered gambling. Psychology of Addictive Behaviors, 34, 557-568.

McPhail, A.*, Whelan, J. P., Peter, S. C.*, Li, Q.*, Winters, K. C., & Meyers, A. W. (2020). Sweetening the pot: Exploring differences between frequent gamblers who do and do not gamble under the influence of cannabis. Addictive Behaviors, 110.


If you are interested in working with TIGER, please contact us via email at gambling@memphis.edu or via phone at (901) 678-3531.